Georgia Football: 5 Teams We Would Love to See the Bulldogs Play
Here’s a question: Is there ever a time where you wish the Georgia Bulldogs would play more teams that present a greater challenge?
When Georgia takes the field on August 31 against Clemson, that will draw a national audience because these teams are two of the best in their conference and it’s the first time since 2003 the teams have faced each other.
Let’s face it, Georgia already has a tough schedule when it has to face teams like Florida and South Carolina on a yearly basis. But if they face more teams that are in the Pac-12 or in the Big 12 and win those games consistently, the Bulldogs would prove they are one of the best programs in the country.
Here’s a look at the five teams we would love the see the Bulldogs play.
5. Notre Dame
This is more of a nostalgia game, as both these teams share some history with each other.
Georgia and Notre Dame have only played once, which was in 1981, but that game was for the national championship, which the Bulldogs won 17-10.
This would also be a good matchup because it can be called the “what could have been game." Had Georgia gained the five yards needed to score at the end of the last year’s SEC title game, the Bulldogs would have played the Fighting Irish for the BCS title.
With a solid offense and a very strong defense, head coach Brian Kelly has the Irish headed in the right direction. They have emerged as one of the best programs in the country, which would make this a very competitive contest.
The Wolverines are a team that is on the rise under head coach Brady Hoke. Despite losing one of the top playmakers in the game in Denard Robinson, Michigan has a lot of talent on the roster and is a favorite to win the Big Ten.
The Bulldogs and the Wolverines have only faced each other twice, with the last time being in 1965. The argument can be made that both teams are close to being where they want to be in terms of the national title race.
Michigan may be young and more inexperienced, but Hoke would have them ready to play a team like the Bulldogs. Also, if this game were to be played and it was played at Michigan, the Bulldogs playing in the “Big House” would present an interesting challenge.
3. Texas A&M
This game will happen sooner than later, but for right now, fans will have to wait for the Bulldogs to take on the Aggies of Texas A&M.
The quarterback matchup of Aaron Murray and Johnny Manziel would draw a huge audience, and the way both teams play offense would make this game a very exciting contest.
One of the things the Bulldogs have been criticized for is they have avoided some of the top teams in the SEC West. However, the Bulldogs did play Alabama last year and will play LSU this year. It only makes sense that the Bulldogs and the Aggies go at it because they are the two of the better teams in the country.
2. Ohio State
The Bulldogs and the Buckeyes were supposed to play each other in 2020 and 2021. But they had to cancel the home-and-home series last year because of Ohio State’s partnership with the Pac-12.
Imagine if UGA and Ohio State played this season. It would be a huge draw because both teams are contenders for the national title and both teams have top-notch quarterbacks with Murray and Braxton Miller.
The only time the two teams played against each other was in 1993 in Orlando, and the Bulldogs won 21-14.
This is another matchup that makes sense. Both teams have talented players on both sides of the ball, both teams have very good coaches, and both teams are not that far away from being on top of the college football mountain.
This was another home-and-home series that both teams were set to play, but they agreed to cancel the matchup shortly after the deal was done.
Georgia and Oregon were scheduled to play each other in 2015 and 2016, but for reasons unknown, both teams decided to ax the idea.
It’s a shame because that game would be the ultimate test for both teams. Can Georgia stop a fast-paced offense like Oregon’s? Can the Ducks be more physical than the Bulldogs?
If both teams were to play this season, fans would have gotten to see Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas vs. UGA running back Todd Gurley. That alone would have brought the entire college football world to either Eugene or Athens, depending on where the game was played.